The Charger baseball team dropped both games of Sunday’s doubleheader to the Eagles in Kansas City, Missouri. Avila edged the Cliff in game one 5-4 and took game two 4-1. AU improved to 6-2 with the wins, while BC slipped to 1-3 this season.
Avila never trailed in game one, leading 5-0 after four innings of play. The Eagles scored one run in the third inning and burned the Chargers for four runs in the fourth inning. BC cut into AU’s lead in the fifth inning with two runs to make the score 5-2. The Chargers attempted to complete the comeback in the seventh inning and added two runs, but ultimately struck out swinging. AU won game one by a tally of 5-4 and the Chargers outhit the Eagles 7-6 in the contest.
Peyton Griesert led the Cliff with two runs, trailed by Brady Harpenau, Nick Robinson, Sawyer Olson, Rodney Scarver, and Arnulfo Gutierrez all with one hit apiece. Olson had a team-high two RBI, while Harpenau and Gutierrez added one RBI. Scarver, Logan Adam, Brogan Secrist and Ray Rude each scored one run. Zayne Mowen suffered the pitching loss, going four innings and fanning four batters to go with surrendering five hits, five runs and three errors.
Tommy Blood was the best batter for Avila with two hits. Josh Shewmaker had a team leading two RBI and Chris Begg racked up a team-high two runs. Tyler Burrow notched the pitching win, going five innings and striking out nine Chargers to go with giving up five hits, two runs and two errors.
The Eagles completed their day two sweep of the Chargers with a 4-1 victory in game two of the day. Avila led 2-0 after the first inning and added insurance runs in the third and fourth innings to lead 4-0 after four innings of play. The Cliff’s only run came in the sixth inning to make the score 4-1 and Avila ended up winning by that tally.
Olson was the most productive Charger in game two with two hits, a double and a RBI. Mateo Shannon and Avery Foltz also had one hit each. Scarver had the lone run for the Cliff. Jacob Wesselmann was tagged with the pitching loss after going five innings and surrendering seven hits, four runs and four errors to go with two K’s.
Brandon Chandler carried the Eagles in game two with two hits, two RBI, a double, a triple, a stolen base and a run scored. Henry Morphew led the team in runs scored with two. Justin Loman earned the pitching W, going six innings and giving up only three hits, one run and one error while striking out two batters.
The Cliff will battle No. 9 Bellevue in a doubleheader this Saturday in Joplin, Missouri. Game one of the doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.